Much of the pre-match talk had been dominated by Boca Juniors’ ‘Golden Messi’, 18-year-old Alexís Messidoro. Guillermo Barros Schelotto rotated his squad handing the academy product his senior debut and the talented teenager didn’t disappoint. A debut goal and an impressive overall performance helped the home side to a comfortable 4-1 win over Aldosivi.
Boca’s reserve side had fallen behind to Neri Bandieri’s close range finish midway through the first half but Andrés Chávez forced an equaliser in first half stoppage time to set up a dominant second half performance.
Twenty seconds after the break, half time substitute Nicolás Lodeiro gave Boca the lead and minutes later, Messidoro claimed his first senior goal. The scrappy goalline tap-in may not feature in any highlight packages but the youngster will not forget his first goal in La Bombonera.
Chávez wrapped up the victory with his second goal of the game and although the title is already out of the question, the atmosphere at the club is certainly more positive than it was just a matter of weeks ago.
Later in Avellaneda, Racing’s defensive woes continued as a largely reserve side were held to a 2-2 draw against the Primera’s bottom side, Argentinos Juniors. Facundo Pereyra gave the home side the lead on the half hour mark but two goals in five minutes before the break put Los Bichos in front at the break. Braian Romero with the first and Damián Batallini’s deflected strike giving the visitors the advantage.
Racing introduced young striker Lautaro Martínez at half time and the 18-year-old lasted just over 20 minutes before referee Jorge Baliño booked him twice and sent him for an early bath. Argentinos Juniors’ numerical advantage didn’t last long as Batallini shortly followed him and within minutes Racing were level. Ricardo Noir rifled in a second for La Academia and although the vistors ended with nine after Emilio Zelaya’s red card, they held on for a point.
Boca Juniors 4 – 1 Aldosivi
Racing Club 2 – 2 Argentinos Juniors